HARVARD Grad Student Attempts Smuggling Research to China

HARVARD Grad Student Attempts Smuggling Research to China

HARVARD Grad Student Attempts Smuggling Research to China
Photo: Daily Mail UK

A Harvard grad student allegedly attempted to smuggle secret cancer research materials out of the United States to China.

The Daily Mail reported Zaosong Zheng, 30,will finally appear before a Massachusetts judge a year after his arrest at Boston Logan Airport. During the arrest, he was carrying 21 vials of cancer cells in a suitcase he was taking to China.    

He also face charges from making false statements to the authorities and attempting to smuggle goods out of the States.

Mr. Zheng denied at first not traveling with the vials. Later on, he admitted stealing them from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The FBI thought the man plans to smuggle the cells for the Chinese government.

Currently, US officials are concerned about the increasing influence of China at top American colleges. They call it “academic espionage” or the presence of Chinese spies and intellectual property theft is now called

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The Harvard grad student was receiving a $2,000-a-month stipend from the Chinese government-run China Scholarship Council.

FBI Special Agent Kara Spice in an affidavit said the Chinese government uses postgraduates and post-graduate researchers to “obtain and often steal intellectual property from the US.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Zheng’s roommate, Jialin Li, was a cadet in the People’s Liberation Army of China and also worked at the Beth Israel lab.

HARVARD Grad Student Attempts Smuggling Research to China
Photo: Daily Mail UK

However, the prosecutors up until now they were unable to prove that the Chinese government was behind the smuggling attempt.